Fostering Better Communication

By providing a platform for the sharing of information, resources, communication and experiences of those living their final days fully, the vision of Life Matters Media is to create a community for ones facing the end of life and for those that care for them. Ultimately, we seek to foster a greater understanding of the capacity that end of life decisions have to nurture the human spirit.


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Columnists provide multi-disciplinary expertise to help you plan ahead.

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President’s Report

Dear Friends,

We are more than halfway to our LEARN, GIVE THANKS AND RESOLVE! goal, and six weeks remain for you to make an impact that is doubled in size. A generous grant from MR Bauer Foundation will double any gift to Life Matters Media through the end of 2014. Please strengthen our efforts in empowering others to speak up and spell out their end of life care preferences; this consideration and conversation is an incredible act of autonomy and also a gift of clarity and confidence to loved ones who may one day be in a position to make decisions on our behalf.

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Life Matters Media
517 North Racine Unit 2
Chicago, IL 60642

Great news came this month, as we learned of the generous support of the Dr. Scholl Foundation for our work. The foundation voted to continue its financial commitment into 2015 with a $20,000 vote of confidence in Life Matters Media.

As you consider your year-end contributions, we ask you to remember Life Matters Media in your charitable giving. Please remember any donation- whether it’s $25 or $250- will go twice as far through the end of the year.

As we approach Thanksgiving, our LEARN, GIVE THANKS AND RESOLVE! campaign is particularly relevant. For more information on how you can participate in our three action-oriented steps, please go to our information page HERE

We “Started the Conversation” throughout the City of Chicago Senior Centers and completed a special project with the “Time of Your Life Players” at Stage 773.

Dr. Mary Mulcahy "Starting the Conversation"

Time of Your Life Players Performing "Bud's Café Redux"

We have had a very active season online and in the media. If you missed it, here’s our interview with WBEZ’s Tony Sarabia on “The Morning Shift” discussing the highly publicized case of Brittany Maynard in Oregon.

We are also proud to announce a new “Expert Columnist” to our website. Susan Mathews, Ph.D, will be providing regular contributions related to issues of social justice. Expenditures and resource use are ever-present issues within discussions regarding end of life care, and we are pleased to have her analysis online.

We met Susan at the Association of Bioethics and Humanities annual meeting in San Diego, where we presented our research regarding Disparities and Barriers to End of Life Planning among Chicago Seniors. We presented this research at the 1st Annual Palliative Care in Oncology Meeting as well in Boston, where we attended a lecture with excellent insight for all providers. Read what palliative care physicians had to say here

Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing you online and- hopefully- in person throughout Chicago. Start the conversation soon!


Randi Belisomo
President and Co-Founder

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Life Matters Media’s Mission

Life Matters Media aims to be the premiere provider of information, resources and support for all involved in end of life decision-making. Through fostering better communication, we will empower the ill, aged, caregivers, surrogates and medical providers to navigate this life phase with confidence and dignity.

Life Matters Media’s Values

  • All individuals should have the ability to participate in decisions that affect their destinies.
  • Multiple and varied voices create a richer and more productive marketplace for the exchange of information.
  • A broad range of choices surrounding end of life issues exists. These choices should be considered carefully.
  • Neutral platforms are best to explore this journey and bring end of life issues to the forefront in a reflective forum.

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Life Matters Media is a 501(c)(3) organization. We are grateful for your support in our mission.



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As the plot unfolded in the season premiere of HBO comedy, Getting On, I noticed the excessive use of “toddlerspeak” directed at elderly patients within the community hospital’s hospice unit. Whenever a physician or nurse was speaking to a patient, they tended to use baby talk—with a high pitch, lilting tone, longer space between words, elongated space around vowels, and simple, shortened words.

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Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among North American women. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer with 40,000 associated deaths in this year alone.

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Palliative medicine is a vital but often misunderstood component of comprehensive cancer care, said Dr. Jennifer Temel, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Temel sought to debunk myths and criticism surrounding palliative care as part of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine’s Grand Rounds series.

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Muslim physicians, bioethicists and faith leaders must convene and debate brain death to better understand its significance and offer guidance to patients and families facing the end of life, said Dr. Aasim Padela, an emergency physician and director of the University of Chicago’s Initiative on Islam and Medicine. Padela addressed differing Islamic beliefs regarding brain death at the Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference for Clinical Medical Ethics.

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StoryCorps Chicago: Talking About Death

Co-Founders Dr. Mary F. Mulcahy and Randi Belisomo talk about their decision to launch LMM.

Randi Belisomo and Loyola Bioethics Institute's Mark Kuczewski Discuss Study Findings Regarding Medical Students' Concerns about Becoming Desensitized to Dying Patients

"End of Life Care in a Changing Health Care Environment: The Impact of the Affordable Care Act and Accountable Care Organizations" was presented to a live audience gathered at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management on November 13th.

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11/19/2014 - Debunking Palliative Care Myths

Palliative medicine is a vital but often misunderstood component of comprehensive cancer care, said Dr. Jennifer Temel, an associate professor of medicine at…

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11/17/2014 - Islam And Medicine: Differing Views On Brain Death

Muslim physicians, bioethicists and faith leaders must convene and debate brain death to better understand its significance and offer guidance to patients and…

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